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I need help identifying a book.

  • It centered around a magician.
  • The book was fairly short (Under 200 pages or a little over if I remember).
  • I remember the magic system was original.
  • The cover has green on it, and a picture of a Rapunzel like tower on it.
  • It was from the 70s or 80s. I know I read it in the 80s.
  • I cannot remember if it involved a school of magicians?
  • I think the book started with the mage traveling on a horse or that was part of the cover?
  • It was a stand alone book not part of a trilogy.

That is all I can remember.

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    In what way was the system of magic "original"? How old was the main character? What was gender/ethnicity? Was it a sword/sorcery setting, medieval, modern, etc? What actually happened in the story?? – Valorum May 29 '16 at 13:12
  • I am busy looking.... might take a while as there is very little to go on. Can you remember a name (character or otherwise) or something more about the cover? – Rincewind May 29 '16 at 14:22
  • Are you sure it was a stand alone novel? – Rincewind May 29 '16 at 15:04
  • I have been looking for a while and still can't find it :/ This is one tough book to find! – Rincewind Jun 26 '16 at 14:28
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Maybe The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett?
It does not fit completely the OP's description, but it does fit many of the points: it is centered around a magician, the book is fairly short, the magic system is original, it was written in 1983, there is a school of magicians, the wizard walked in a horse...
It is not a standalone book,as the OP indicates and MeatTrademark points out, but the second book ("The Light Fantastic") was published 3 years later, so if the OP read it between 1983 and 1986, it was a stand alone book. As stated in the comments, the biggest issue with this being the correct answer is the difference between the OP's description of the cover of the mistery book and Rincewind's cover of The Colour of Magic

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    Can you explain why you think that this book fits? – FuzzyBoots May 29 '16 at 14:20
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    I rather doubt it... The Colour of Magic does not fit the description at all! – Rincewind May 29 '16 at 14:23
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    @ハーノ but the cover was not green and contained no towers... and it did not start with or have a horse on the cover. – Rincewind May 29 '16 at 15:07
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    @ハーノ Given there are 41 novels in the series, at the time of this question (not counting short stories), I still think I my point is valid. It's not some obscure thing. The disc-shaped world isn't kept secret in the novel. Elephants? A turtle? It may turn out you're right, but those are some important elements to forget. – Meat Trademark May 29 '16 at 15:16
  • @Rincewind: You are right - the issue with the cover disqualifies the answer I suggested. – user66822 May 29 '16 at 15:56

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